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Brisbane Portrait Prize, presented by Queensland Portrait Prize Ltd.

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Celebrating contemporary portraiture

About the prize


The Brisbane Portrait Prize is all about celebrating Brisbane portrait artists and their sitters, while encouraging public engagement with the arts.


Any artist with a connection to Brisbane is eligible to enter. The sitter must also have a connection with Brisbane.

Key dates for 2020

  • 23 February >> Entries Open

  • 16 August >> Entries Close

  • 20 September >> Finalists Announced

  • 30 September >> Finalists Exhibition Opens

  • 6 October >> Winners Announced

  • 1 November >> Finalists Exhibition Closes

  • 2 November >> Artwork Collection Date

Lord Mayor's Prize - $50,000

Proudly presented by Brisbane City Council, all entries into the Brisbane Portrait Prize are eligible for the Lord Mayor's Prize.

Accenture Digital Award - $10,000

Supported by Accenture, any digitally created still work, including photography, is eligible for the Digital Prize. 

The Courier-Mail People's Choice Award - $7,500

Supported by The Courier-Mail, this award is chosen by popular vote from all the finalists.

Performing Arts and Music Award - $7,500

Supported by the Lister Family Foundation, this award is open to portraits featuring sitters from the performing arts and music industries.

Sylvia Jones Prize for Women Artists - $5,000

Supported by the Clem Jones Foundation, this award is open to all individuals who identify as women.

Packers' Prize - $5,000
Supported by Howard Smith Wharves, this award is chosen by the team who hang the 2020 finalists exhibition.

Emerging Artists Awards - $1,000 Voucher x 2

Supported by Oxlades, this will be given to two emerging artists and will be selected by the Board of the Brisbane Portrait Prize.